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No. 23 - September 2013


Dr. Eda Quadros elected as ISRM President for the term 2015-2019

Dr Eda Quadros, from Brazil, was elected by acclamation as the ISRM President for the term 2015-2019. She will start her term of office after the 14th International Congress of the ISRM, in Montréal, Canada, in 2015.

Dr. Eda Quadros is a Civil Engineer and holds a PhD on hydraulic conductivity of rock masses. She has worked both in research and consulting and published a large number of papers in national and international conferences and in international journals. Dr. Eda Quadros has actively participated in Brazilian and in international scientific societies, having held the post of Vice-President of the ISRM for South-America in 2003-2007.

New Release of the Council Meeting

The 2013 Eurock took place last week in Wroclaw, Poland, organised by the Polish ISRM National Group, the Polish Society for Rock Mechanics. The 2013 ISRM Council meeting took place on 22 Sptember. 40 of the 53 National Groups were either present or represented.

The Council was also attended by two Past-Presidents, the Chairmen of the ISRM Commissions and representatives of the IAEG the ISSMGE and the ITA.

The second group of Fellows of the ISRM was inducted in Wroclaw, Poland

The ISRM Council decided at its New Delhi meeting in October 2010, to create the status of Fellow, as the highest and most senior grade of membership of the ISRM. It is conferred on individuals, affiliated with the ISRM, who have achieved outstanding accomplishment in the field of rock mechanics and/or rock engineering and who have contributed to the professional community through the ISRM.

An ISRM Fellowship is a lifetime position. It is intended that the title of ISRM Fellow will carry a clear recognition of his or her achievements. Thus, the induction of ISRM Fellows creates a group of experts that can provide strong support and advice to the ISRM, and can be called upon as appropriate for ISRM activities.

The first group of Fellows was inducted in Beijing, in 2011, during the 12th International Congress on Rock Mechanics. A second group has just been inducted in Wroklaw, Poland, during the Eurock 2013 banquet, on 25 September. The new fellows are: Giovanni Barla, Herbert Einstein, John Hudson, Milton Kanji, Chung-In Lee, Qian Qihu, Dick Stacey and Ove Stephansson.

The 4th ISRM Online Lecture will be given by Prof. Eduardo Alonso on 12 December 2013

For the fourth Online Lecture the ISRM President invited Prof. Eduardo Alonso and the title of his lecture will be “Catastrophic landslides. The legacy of Vajont”.

The lecture will be broadcast on 12 December and it will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later.  As usual, the attendees will be able to ask questions to the lecturer by e-mail, on the topic of the lecture, during the subsequent 48 hours.

Eduardo Alonso, born in 1947, got his degree in Civil Engineeering in Madrid in June 1969. He got a PhD in Northwestern University in 1973. At present he is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the UPC in Barcelona.  He is the author of more than 300 papers published in International Journals and Conference Proceedings and has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions. Professional and Research activities include foundation problems, deep excavations, mechanics of unsaturated soils, nuclear power plants, slope stability, breakwaters, earthdams, tunneling and underground waste disposal.  He is the current Chairman of the TC106 Committee on Unsaturated Soils of the Int. Soc. of Soil Mech. and Geotechnical Engineering.

The previous ISRM Online Lectures were given by Prof. Wulf Schubert, Prof. John Hudson and Prof. Pierre Dufaut. All the ISRM Online Lectures will remain available on the ISRM website in this dedicated webpage (click to open in a new window) .

Dr.  Mandadige Samintha  Anne Perera won the 2014 Rocha Medal

The Board awarded the Rocha Medal 2014 to Dr  Mandadige Samintha  Anne Perera, from Australia, for the thesis " Investigation of the effect of carbon dioxide sequestration on coal seams: A coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour ". She will receive the award at the 2014 ISRM International Symposium in Sapporo, Japan.

The Board also awarded two runner-up certificates to Dr Ricardo Resende, from Portugal, for the thesis " An investigation of stress wave propagation through rock joints and rock masses " and to Dr Sevda Dehkhoda, from Iran, for the thesis " Experimental and numerical study of rock breakage by pulsed water jets" .

The next European Symposium EUROCK2014 that will be held in Vigo, Spain from 27th to 29th May was presented to the Council members at the meeting of 22 September and also to the EUROCK2013 delegates in the closing session. Vigo, known as the “Gateway to the Atlantic” is the largest city in northwestern Spain with a population of about 300,000. It is located on a 20 mile long estuary and boasts beautiful beaches and outstanding water sports facilities.

Under the general title ‘ROCK ENGINEERING AND ROCK MECHANICS: STRUCTURES ON OR IN ROCK MASSES’ the topics of the EUROCK2014 symposium include rock properties and testing methods, rock mass characterization, rock mechanics for infrastructures, mining rock mechanics, design methods and analysis, monitoring and back analysis, excavation and support, rock engineering in quarrying, preservation of natural stone and rock weathering, case histories, petroleum engineering and hydro-fracking and CO2 storage.

The keynote lectures have already been selected and they comprehend various relevant topics of rock engineering from fundamental questions to applied techniques as follows:
  • Nick Barton (Brazil, Norway) - Shear strength of rock, rock joints and rock masses: some problems and solutions
  • Anna Maria Ferrero (Italy) - Rock mass characterization by means of advanced survey methods
  • Carlos Carranza (USA) - Numerical modelling in rock engineering
  • Claudio Olalla (Spain) - Foundations on rock masses
  • Derek Martin (Canada) - The impact of brittle behaviour of rocks on excavation design
  • José Lemos (Portugal) - Representation of rock discontinuities in safety analysis of large dams
  • Xia-Ting Feng (China) - Case histories of rock engineering projects in China
Delegates are invited to participate in a one-day course on ‘Rock mechanics solutions for ornamental rock protection & archaeological site conservation’ directed by José Delgado-Rodrigues or in a two-day course on ‘Numerical modeling in Rock Engineering’ taught by John Curran and Carlos Carranza-Torres. The objective of this second course is to provide a background on the numerical modeling for rock engineering problems using two and three-dimensional finite element tools. The participants will be provided with Phase2 and RS3, state of the art 2- and 3-dimensional geotechnical software which are being used around the world.

Additionally, a workshop chaired by John Harrison will take place entitled ‘Applicability and application of EUROCODE-7 to rock engineering design’. EUROCODE-7 is probably going to be both universal and comprehensive. It has been basically developed by the soil mechanics community. It is extremely relevant a commitment of the rock mechanics community to be capable to include rock engineering principles and techniques within this code. The mentioned workshop represents an excellent opportunity to collect inputs of the rock mechanics community on the application of EC-7.

Moreover, three technical visits to an underground slate mine, to a hydroelectric underground cavern and to a tunnel construction site are interesting suggestions for the day after the symposium. A social program including some tourist visits for accompanying persons is also in preparation, together with a welcome reception and a banquette.

It is finally extremely relevant to remark that the deadline for abstract submission, that was about to expire, has just been extended to 15th October 2013. So if you are planning to participate, do not forget to send an abstract before that day.

Hungary, Tunisia and Vietnam joined the ISRM

It is with great pleasure that the ISRM welcomes Hungary, Tunisia and Vietnam as the newest ISRM National Groups.

The Hungarian National Group of International Society for Rock Mechanics (HUNGISRM) president is Professor Ákos Török and the Secretary is Eng. Ildikó Buocz.

The Vietnam Society Rock Mechanicsis is composed by 29 individual members, and is led by President Prof. Nghiem Huu Hanh and the Vice-Presidents Prof. Phung Manh Dac and Prof. Vo Trong Hung.

The Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics is hosted at the Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis and is led by President Prof. Essaïeb Hamdi and Secretary Mr Hatem Gasmi.

Visit the pages of National Groups to know the boards of these new National Groups and their contacts.

ARMS8 – 2014 ISRM International Symposium, Sapporo, Japan, 14-16 October 2014

The Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics (JCRM) – Japan National Group of ISRM – is pleased to extend an invitation to you to the 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium “ARMS8”, the 2014 ISRM International Symposium. The symposium will be held on 14-16 October, 2014 in Sapporo, a modern and beautiful city in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. The theme of the symposium is ‘Rock Mechanics for Global Issues – Natural Disasters, Environment and Energy’. The goal is to respond to those issues and to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in various areas of the rock mechanics and rock engineering.

The Symposium topics are:
- Mitigation of Geo-hazards
- Environmental Issues
- Energy Resources
- New Technologies and Fundamental Aspects

A Student's Night is being organized to encourage the active participation of young members.

Prospective authors are kindly asked to submit an abstract related to one of the proposed symposium topics to participate in the symposium, before 31 December 2013. The Symposium organization has decided all accepted papers of ARMS8 are to be introduced in the ISRM Digital Library after the symposium.

For further information, click here to download the Bulletin No. 2 , or visit the website at .

Don Banks passed away

Dr Don Banks passed away on 11 August 2013, at home in his library, at the age of 73.

Dr. Banks was born on 17 March 1940. He graduated in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and obtained a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He began a 35-year career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg in 1962, where he went on to become chief of Soil and Rock Mechanics Division. Following his retirement in 1997, Don has continued to consult with major water resource and other Federal agencies on geotechnical projects.

Dr. Banks was named a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Rock Mechanics Association. He was an active member of the ISRM and participated in many ISRM meetings and activities. Until his death he was actively involved in the work of the ISRM Commission on Testing Methods.

The rock engineering community and the ISRM have lost a great supporter and friend. At this time our thoughts are with his close family and friends.

ISRM Rocha Medal 2015 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2013

Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2015 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2013. The winner will be announced during the 2014 ISRM International Symposium in Sapporo, Japan, in October 2014, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2015 ISRM International Symposium.

The Rocha Medal has been awarded annually by the ISRM, since 1982, for an outstanding doctoral thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering, to honour the memory of Past President Manuel Rocha while stimulating young researchers. Besides the Rocha medal awarded to the winner, one or two runner-up certificates may also be awarded.

Click here to download the announcement with details on the Rocha Medal 2015.

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ISRM sponsored meetings

  • 27-29 May 2014, Vigo, Spain. EUROCK 2014. An ISRM Regional Symposium
  • 10-13 September 2014, Goiânia, Brazil. VI Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 14-16 October 2014, Sapporo, Japan. 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium. The 2014 ISRM International Symposium.
  • 4-5 November 2014, Sydney. The 3rd Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 10-13 May 2015, Montréal, Canada. ISRM 13th International Congress on Rock Mechanics.
  • 24-25 September 2015, Island of Ischia, Italy. 4th Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 7-9 October 2015, Salzburg, Austria. EUROCK 2015 – Geomechanics Colloquy. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • May 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. African Rock Engineering Symposium. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 29-31 August 2016, Cappadocia. Turkey. EUROCK 2016. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • October 2016, Bali, Indonesia. ARMS 2016 – 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium. An ISRM Regional Symposium.

Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences.

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